Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology program is designed to give you a basic background in psychology.  This program emphasizes mastery of psychological fundamentals combined with areas of specialization, such as rehabilitation counseling. The Master of Science in Psychology is not considered a terminal degree, but it provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to continue your work at the doctoral level, provide services for job opportunities that require a master’s degree, or enhance standing in or qualification for your current career.  The current program has been aligned with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation guidelines to facilitate the transfer of credits if you are interested in moving on to a doctoral program.

The Master of Science in Psychology program requires 36 credit hours of core courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and where appropriate one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to seek a degree in MS in Psychology, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program. One could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation.
  • Demonstration of proficiency regarding academic performance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • Undergraduate coursework should include a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses would include introduction to psychology, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience).
  • Candidates will have an interview with the Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete an application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application).
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    • Must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended.
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only).
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of your professional goals, including why you wish to seek a Psychology degree. Please include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation. Submit to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one professional and one academic reference. Must be submitted using our department form.